Best friends: 22 photos of babies meeting pets for the first time


After a long week, there's nothing better than a healthy dose of cuteness. 

Inspired by the sweet moment when TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie's baby, Vale, first met Wrangler in the Orange Room, we asked members of our parenting community to send us photos of their own babies meeting the family pet for the first time.

Samantha Okazaki Samantha Okazaki
And the results were, as you might expect, unbelievably adorable. They include many unsuspecting, occasionally unconscious tots, a few doting dogs, and some oh-so-curious kitties, too.
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And for tips on how to safely introduce your family pet to the new baby, check out this helpful advice from the Humane Society of the United States.
1. The Lick of Love

Mykela Bivins Mykela Bivins
2. What's This?

Karrisa Fabin Karrisa Fabin
3. Happy Together

Elise Waldman Elise Waldman
4. The Protector

Sandra Horn Sandra Horn
5. I'll Stay By Your Side

Nicole Desrochers Nicole Desrochers
6. Curious Kitty

Liz Lee Liz Lee
7. The Old Dog and the Newborn

Ashley Piatt Ashley Piatt
8. Seeing What All the Fuss Is About

Laura Brink Kuhlenbeck Laura Brink Kuhlenbeck
9. Checking Out the New Guy

Carey Doty Carey Doty
10. Two is Better Than One

Kara Marianetti Elum Kara Marianetti Elum
11. Matching Collars and Baby Blankets

Rebecca Diane Rebecca Diane
12. Puppy Cuddles

Stephanie Cryer Stephanie Cryer
13. How Sweet It Is

Laura Outwater Brauer Laura Outwater Brauer
14. Snuggled Up

Stephanie Harkness Miller Stephanie Harkness Miller
15. Quick Conference

Courtnee McGrew Courtnee McGrew
16. What's This?

Jen Blanchard Jen Blanchard
17. Nap Neighbors

Trista Larson Trista Larson
18. The Fluffiest Pillow

Nicole Desrochers Nicole Desrochers
19. Thorough Inspection

Kris Kirwan Kris Kirwan
20. Friends Forever

Gretchen Arnold Gretchen Arnold
21. Snoozin'

Rachel Markey Rachel Markey
22. Then and Now

Amy Girouard Amy Girouard